Just a thought I had yesterday while participating with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action Mother's Day vigil and traditional civil disobedience at the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. NBK Bangor is homebase for about 8 Trident capable submarines. Trident is an ICBM system. Each submarine is capable of carrying 24 missiles. Each missile can be equipped with 8 nuclear warheads, with an effective range of about 4,000 miles. The explosive potential of the warheads is either 100 kilotons (W76), or 475 kilotons (W88), depending on which of two varieties the particular vehicle is equipped. By contrast, the bombs that exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki were about 15 and 21 kilotons.
According to scientists, these weapons are capable of striking virtually anywhere on the planet within about 15 or 30 minutes.
Submarines [military submarines] are an attack weapon. They are designed to lurk undetected near targets. They are designed to intimidate and instill fear. Putting nuclear weapons aboard submarines is just about offensive as it gets.
At the May 2011 protest, in opposition to the weapons, seven people entered the roadway in front of the main gate to the military base. They were cited with a traffic violation before being released on their own recognizance.
Let our hearts and our voices cry out: Trident must be abolished! Military spending must be redirected toward productive and peaceful purposes! End imperialism!
Below, I have posted some photos from yesterday's protest.
Mother's Day Proclamation (1870) by Julia Ward Howe
Vigil in Silverdale
War is NOT the answer.
Saturday 7 May 2011, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, Mother's Day protest against nuclear weapons, against all weapons of mass destruction, against policies of Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism, against militarism and imperialism, against aggression. More information about Ground Zero here: gzcenter.org/.
link to flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwhitlock/sets/72157626554192425/